Orr, Ivy. (2003) "Who's the boss? Strategic action between national parliaments and governments over supranational policy in the European Union". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)
How do national parliaments regain some of their influence over policy areas that have been lost to the European Union? National parliaments influence policy as it travels "upstream" to the intergovernmental level or in "downstream" implementation process. This paper presents a model that demonstrates how national parliaments could strengthen their influence over European policy in the upstream stage by minimizing information asymmetries with their representative European level, the national government The containment of agency losses in the upstream process is a necessary step toward regaining policy influence, but it is not sufficient. Downstream influence is also necessary. This paper uses principal-agent theory to explain why national parliaments establish European Affairs Committees (EAC) and illustrate PAC limitations. It presents a model for the strategic interaction between national parliaments and governments over European policy. The conclusion describes possible empirical tests of the model and gives suggestions for future research.
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